MONROVIA, Dec 10 (LINA) - The National Elections Commission (NEC) in collaboration with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the UN Development Program has Tuesday launched a two-month Youth Awareness Project on its Voter Roll Update Exercise.
The Voter Roll Update Exercise is scheduled for January 13 to March 5, 2014.
Performing the launch in Monrovia, NEC Chairman Cllr. Jerome George Korkoya said the campaign is a nation-wide information dissemination effort targeting secondary schools, colleges, universities and youth gatherings.
He said the objective is to ensure that the youths, especially first-time voters, are included on the current voter roll of Liberia.
The Youth Awareness Campaign will end on February 10, 2014.
Five national Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) associated with electoral activities in Liberia are leading the implementation of the project, which is targeting some 250,000 young people.
They include the National Youth Movement for Transparent Elections (NAYMOTE), United Women Development Association (UWODA), Sustainable Development Association (SDA), Development Education Network Liberia (DEN-L) and the Liberia Needy Women and Children Organization (LINWCO).
“This national endeavor is part of the Commission’s integrated Civic and Voter Education Program for the October 14, 2014 Special Senatorial Election.” Chairman Korkoya said.
He informed the gathering that the Commission will shortly accredit more than 200 CSOs to support its Civic and Voter Education efforts during this electoral period.
Chairman Korkoya also said NEC is presently working with IFES to deploy about 219 civic educators in all parts of the country to conduct door-to-door awareness activities on the Voter Roll Update exercise.
The Voter Roll Update Exercise is a 45-day project intended to include on the current Voter Roll Liberians who have attained the age of 18 years and above since the 2011 Voter Registration exercise.
Also targeted are Liberians who did not register in 2011 and Liberians who want to transfer from their previous areas of registration to new areas or communities.
Two hundred mobile teams, comprising five members each, will conduct the exercise. They will spend three days at each of the 1,780 Voter Registration Centers across the country.
An estimated 400,000 persons are targeted for the exercise.